The 2018-2019 school year has come to an end as the 47th class of seniors have graduated from Mission Valley High School. It is always interesting to look back and see how the school has changed over the years from open classrooms and gravel roads to what we have today. The question always remains though…..what will we need for the future? What will education be like in 13 years when the incoming Kindergarten class of Fall 2019 graduates in the Spring of 2032?
Planning for the near future is challenging enough….trying to plan for education 13 years from now is even more challenging. Although technology will advance, systems of how to deliver education will change but will children really change? Children will always need the love and support from adult caregivers, they will always need to be taught “how to be a good person”, they will always need our protection and guidance. To provide the level of education needed there is also the need of appropriate financial support from the state.
The Kansas Supreme Court has sent the standard for adequacy as enabling “all” student to meet or exceed seven standards of educational competence, from basic skills to preparation for college and career. Over the next month the school finance lawsuit is expected to be finalized and it is anticipated that schools across the state will receive additional money per pupil. What would more money mean for USD 330 Mission Valley? Additional money could be used to: 1) add additional student contact days back into the school calendar, 2) provide additional learning opportunities (after school/summer school) for students who struggle, 3) hire additional staff to support struggling learners and At-Risk students, 4) expand learning opportunities to help student become better prepared for life after high school, 5) expand professional development for staff, 6) update textbooks and educational resources, and other areas that need addressed if additional funding was available.
Nonetheless, another school year has come to an end and with that I would like to thank all the students, parents, staff, and patrons of USD 330 Mission Valley for another successful school year. I would also like to recognize the retirees this year (Ms. Conne Blades, Mr. Doug Andrew, and Mr. David Cromer) who between them had over 100 years of service to education. With their retirements and the departure of other great staff members, new staff members will be joining the Viking Family so make sure to give them a warm Viking welcome. Have a GREAT summer break and we look forward to seeing everyone for the 2019-2020 school year.
William Clark, Superintendent